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Strike 2 at SC for Marcos ‘antipoverty czar’ Gadon

The Supreme Court has again penalized disbarred lawyer and presidential antipoverty adviser Lorenzo Gadon, this time for gross misconduct when he committed perjury and made accusations based on hearsay, fining him P150,000. In a resolution dated May 21, a full copy of which is yet to be made public, the Supreme Court en banc found Gadon guilty of gross misconduct in a disbarment case filed against him by lawyer Wilfredo Garrido Jr. in 2018....


Taiwan tracks dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on 2nd day of drills

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast Friday on the second day of a large exercise China's People’s Liberation Army held in response to the inauguration of the island’s new leadership. China has issued elaborate releases to media showing Taiwan being surrounded by forces from the ruling Communist Party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army. A new video on Friday showed animated...


Newspaper headlines: 'Faltering election start' and 'General ejection'

Thursday's headlines include Rishi Sunak admitting no asylum seekers will be sent to Rwanda before the election.


Papua New Guinea landslide: More than 100 killed

More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in a landslide in remote Papua New Guinea.


Philippines says China Coast Guard rules a provocation

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said on Friday that China's rules about how its Coast Guard can operate in the South China Sea were a matter of international concern, describing them as a provocation. China, which has maritime sovereignty disputes with the Philippines and other claimant countries in the South China Sea, has issued new rules that would enforce a


Maldives eyes India's RuPay service 'to bolster the Maldivian Rufiyaa', launch soon

Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed spoke about the upcoming launch of India’s RuPay while announcing how both India and China have agreed to use local currency in bilateral trade. However, there has been no announcement of any date for the launch.


Muntinlupa village chair shot dead by 2 men

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon ordered the police on Thursday to catch the killers of a barangay official, saying “violence has no place” in the city. Barangay Buli Chair Ronaldo “Kaok” Loresca was shot dead on Wednesday night by two unidentified men on a motorcycle outside a store on Manuel L. Quezon Street, according to a police report. A witness described one of the suspects as dressed in a shirt with the logo of ride-hailing app JoyRide,...


US ‘strongly’ urges China restraint amid Taiwan drills

WASHINGTON – The United States “strongly” urged China to show restraint Thursday after it launched military drills around Taiwan following the inauguration of a new president, describing Beijing’s actions as “reckless”. Washington had “noted with concern” and was “closely monitoring” the drills that China said were punishment for Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration speech, a senior US official said. “We strongly urge Beijing to act...


Angat water now below minimum operating level

Angat Dam’s water level dipped below its minimum operating level on Thursday, losing 0.39 meters in over 24 hours to hit 179.68 meters. The dam supplies around 90 percent of the water needs for Metro Manila, Rizal, parts of Cavite and Bulacan. Its minimum operating level is 180 meters. Data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed other dams across Luzon also losing water, with La Mesa...


Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of rape

Police appeal to anyone who may have seen something suspicious near Summerhill Country Park.


Why are thousands of people protesting in Taiwan?

Opposition efforts to push through a controversial bill have raised concerns about the island’s democracy.


Russia keeps bombing itself and the problem is only getting worse


China's second day of war games around Taiwan tests ability to 'seize power'

By Bernard Orr and Yimou Lee BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -China's military carried out a second day of war games around Taiwan on Friday, with drills to test its ability to "seize power" and control key areas in exercises Beijing has said were launched to punish Taiwan's new president, Lai Ching-te. The two days of drills in the Taiwan Strait and around groups of Taiwan-controlled islands near the


More countries should oppose ‘illegal’ China order–Manalo

Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said other countries should also oppose China’s illegal order that authorized its coast guard to detain, for up to 60 days without trial, what it considers foreign “trespassers” in waters being claimed by Beijing. According to Manalo, the order has no legal basis yet affects not only the Philippines, which has an active maritime dispute with China, but also other countries with vessels plying the South China Sea,...


Government 'must go further' for a Hillsborough Law

The government must go further to avoid a repeat of failures made after major disasters, MPs are told.


Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests began after President Vladimir Putin began his fifth term and shuffled his ally, longtime Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, into a new post. It immediately raised...


Two dead and more trapped after building collapses in Majorca

Around one hundred emergency responders including police and firefighters have raced to the scene of the incident, a terrace at a beach bar in Playa de Palma


‘Even Zambales fishermen hit by China water cannon assault’

BOTOLAN, Zambales — Fishermen in Masinloc and Sta. Cruz , Zambales also experienced a series of water cannon attacks from the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) while fishing in Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), a lawmaker said on Thursday. Zambales 2nd District Rep. Doris Maniquiz disclosed that this was revealed to her by fisherfolk from both municipalities in the amid reports of continued harassment faced by the Philippine...


Marcos gleams over peace in Tawi-Tawi but says mission 'not yet over'

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. commended the development of peace in Tawi-tawi which he described as the former "ground zero" for rebels. "Tawi-Tawi was the ground zero, dito ang takbuhan ng mga fighters dati, lahat ng mga kinukuha ay dinadala dito, tinatago dito," said Marcos during his visit to 2nd Marine Brigade at Marine Barracks Domingo Deluana on Thursday. (This is where the fighters used to run, all those who are taken are...


Marcos tells military: Thwart attempts to overthrow govt

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the military's "mission is not over" as they still needed to fight those who would attempt to overthrow the government. In his speech during his visit to the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi headquarters in Bongao municipality on Thursday, Marcos said he has been going around military camps to reiterate the fight against government destabilization. "When I go around our camps, I always explain...


Family's 'eternal love' for killed Gaza aid worker

The wife of John Chapman says he was "a fine example of a husband" and "a really good human being”.


Long-lost church panels set for return to Cebu

CEBU CITY—The four 19th-century pulpit panels that were earlier donated to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) by private collectors will be returned to a Catholic church in Boljoon town, Cebu, church officials said. Fr. Brian Brigoli, Cebu archdiocesan committee chair on cultural heritage, said that during a meeting on May 21, the NMP assured representatives of the Archdiocese of Cebu of the return of the historic panels that were...


Marking Philippine history

How does one settle the debate over Baguio’s “official flower”? Should it be by legislation, through a city ordinance, a presidential proclamation, or an act of Congress, or should it be by acclamation, the flower with the most votes wins? Long before the city resolution from 1991 adopting Xerochrysum bracteatum aka strawflowers aka “everlasting” as the official flower of Baguio, I have always associated these dried flowers, strung into a...


Seven dead in Russian strikes on Kharkiv as Kyiv pleads for weapons

By Max Hunder and Anastasiia Malenko KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) -Russia pounded Kharkiv with missiles on Thursday, killing seven people in a printing house, as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called out his western allies for not providing enough military support to rebuff Russian attacks. Moscow's forces have hammered the northeastern city for months and launched a ground assault into the north


Former US Marine pilot can be extradited, Australian magistrate rules

By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former U.S. Marine pilot Daniel Duggan can be extradited from Australia to face U.S. charges of training Chinese military pilots to land on aircraft carriers, a Sydney magistrate ruled on Friday. Duggan, 55, a naturalised Australian citizen, is facing U.S. charges including money laundering and breaking arms control law by training Chinese military pilots to


PCSO Lotto Draw Results, May 23, 2024 | Super Lotto 6/49, Lotto 6/42, 6D, 3D, and 2D

WATCH: Here are the winning lotto combinations of the lotto draw results for the 9 p.m. draw on Thursday, May 23.


Britain's top civil servant sorry for calling Boris Johnson 'feral'

Britain's top civil servant Simon Case admitted yesterday he did not understand how 'difficult' Boris Johnson found the pandemic and said messages he sent 'required apologies'.


Sean Kingston Arrested on Fraud and Theft Charges After Florida Home Raid

Sean Kingston was arrested in California on Thursday after his home in Florida was raided by police.


Rethinking ‘walang pasok’

The announcement of “walang pasok”—no classes—can be greeted with a sigh of relief by students, parents, and teachers alike. When I was in medical school at the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila in the 2000s, we had the “textpass” system that relayed class cancelations; I would find out either from my own cellphone or from my dormmates who would announce it to the rest of us, and we would all go back to sleep. Having been a member of the...


Palace orders MinDa chief Acosta to vacate post

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. asked Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Maria Belen Acosta to vacate her post "due to loss of trust and confidence." The order was given through a letter signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on May 22, 2024. In the letter, Bersamin told Acosta that Secretary Leo Tereso Magno's assumption as the new MinDA chairman took effect on May 21 when he took his oath of office.He...


Judge orders child to see mum accused of sex abuse

In a ruling, the Court of Appeal called the decision "fundamentally flawed".


Marcos to visit Brunei, Singapore next week

President Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. will leave the country for Brunei Darussalam and Singapore next week to have a state visit and participate in the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue, respectively. The Department of Foreign Affairs said First Lady Louise "Liza" Araneta-Marcos would accompany the President on these foreign trips. Marcos will have bilateral meetings with the Brunei Sultanate and meet...


‘Notorious’ gunman killed in shootout with police in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A man, tagged as a notorious gunman, was killed in an armed encounter with law enforcers in Cabangcalan Dos, Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City, on Thursday afternoon, May 23, 2024. The deceased was identified as Albert Padayao, alias “Perot,” 35, jobless, and a resident of Purok Camanchili, Barangay Candulawan, Talisay City. Police, in a report, revealed that officers were conducting validation of information they received...


Notable People who died in 2024


[Commentary] ‘Screen to Senate’: Why do Filipinos love celebrities in politics?

Genuine question: Why are Filipinos so obsessed with celebrities-turned-politicians? Like seriously, why? Well, apparently, there are a number of (serious) reasons for that, but we’re just here to talk about one that is most obvious in our society: our kink for famous names. Why’d we say kink? Other than the fact that we’re always so critical about having celebrities in the government, we never seem to make some changes about it. Hence, the use...


Mystery as one-year-old boy is found dead in playground

Cameron Flores was found unresponsive in a playground just before 9am on Wednesday. He was rushed to hospital and declared dead. His father Schaffer Grindstaff was later arrested.


PCG boosts Batanes presence by opening monitoring post

The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday stepped up its presence in Batanes, the country’s northernmost province near Taiwan, with the inauguration of a monitoring station in Itbayat town. Rear Adm. Armand Balilo, the PCG spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea, said the facility would increase maritime domain awareness in the province. It would likewise help the Coast Guard regularly check the situation of local fishermen in the area, he added....


EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Rishi briefing the King contrasts with Ted Heath

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Rishi's pre-briefing of the King about his General Election plans contrasts with Ted Heath in 1974, who called a snap election when the Queen was 11,500 miles away.


In Bohol, state of calamity up as agri losses hit P420 million

TAGBILARAN CITY—Bohol has been placed under a state of calamity after damage to agriculture and fisheries caused by the prolonged dry spell and drought brought about by the El Niño weather phenomenon reached at least P420 million. The declaration made by the provincial board was in response to the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on May 21 to allow the provincial government to tap the...


Teodoro: China’s order to arrest SCS ‘trespassers’ a provocation

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. on Friday described China’s directive to arrest “trespassers” in the South China Sea as "provocation." “It is not trespassing, ‘di ba? They threatened to arrest. That is a provocation and a violation to me of the United Nations charter,” Teodoro told reporters in an ambush interview during the Philippine Navy anniversary celebration at its headquarters in Manila. In his speech during the ceremony, Teodoro...


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 819

As the war enters its 819th day, these are the main developments.


Fil-Am charged with alleged ambush murder of childhood friend

SANTA ANA – Filipino American Rhean Jalipa Fontanoza 46, was accused this week of killing his Fil-Am co-worker and childhood friend, 50-year-old Expedito Cuesta De Leon in Orange County, California. Fontanoza was charged with murder with a special circumstances allegation of a drive-by shooting and murder by lying in wait. He was also facing a sentencing enhancement for shooting a gun causing death. De Leon was shot 14 times in 19 seconds,...


Signal No. 1 up in Eastern Samar, parts of Mindanao due to Tropical Depression 'Aghon'

MANILA, Philippines -- Signal No. 1 is up over Eastern Samar in Visayas and in Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands in Mindanao due to Tropical Depression "Aghon," the first storm to him the country in 2024, the state-run weather agency said on Friday. In an early bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Aghon was estimated some 340 kilometers east of Hinatuan,...


South Korea imposes sanctions on North Koreans, two Russian vessels

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Friday imposed sanctions on seven North Korean individuals and two Russian vessels over weapons trade and other activities between Pyongyang and Moscow deemed in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Seoul's foreign ministry said. The Russian vessels had been carrying a large quantity of containers between Russia and North Korea transporting military


Former India PM urges lawmaker grandson to surrender in rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A former Indian prime minister, an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged his lawmaker grandson on Thursday to return to India and face the law in connection with rape and sexual harassment cases filed against him, amid a general election. Prajwal Revanna, 33, the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, is a member of parliament from the Hassan constituency


'External forces' behind Zubiri's ouster — Ejercito

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. JV Ejercito lamented the decision of 14 senators to replace Juan Miguel Zubiri with Francis "Chiz" Escudero as Senate chief, despite the Mindanao senator being loyal to and supporting the common executive-legislative agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. “That’s the sad part about it – having that good performance, keeping the Senate’s integrity, and fighting for its independence, cost us our jobs,” Ejercito said....


At least 4 dead and 16 injured in building collapse at Majorca beach club

Majorca has been struck by tragedy after a local tourist hotspot collapsed, leaving at least four dead and many more injured on Thursday night


MMDA moves Magallanes flyover rehab to October

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the rehabilitation of the Magallanes Flyover in Makati City has been moved from this month to October. But motorists who regularly pass through Edsa should not heave a sigh of relief just yet. The MMDA also warned of heavier traffic starting in September due to the construction of a temporary steel bridge that would serve as an alternative to Guadalupe Bridge. The bridge,...


Explosion and fire at chemical factory in India kills at least 9, injures 64

THANE, India (AP) — An explosion and fire at a chemical factory in western India killed at least nine people and 64 were injured, officials said Friday. The explosion Thursday in the factory’s boiler led to a fire that affected nearby factories and houses in Maharashtra state’s Thane district, administrative official Sachin Sejal told news agency Press Trust of India. Sejal said the blaze has been extinguished but rescuers were expecting to find...


The world's top 10 most powerful nuclear nations

The world's bloodiest conflicts come from politic and diplomatic tensions between two or more countries, and this is why certain nations have such strict and often scary defense policies. With the current political scheme around the world, nuclear weapons have become a dangerous reality. Click here to see World Population Review ranking of the 10 countries with the most powerful nuclear weapons.